What is administrative closure?

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Administrative closure is a means of favorable prosecutorial discretion in which a removal proceeding is removed indefinitely from the docket of the immigration judge or Board of Immigration Appeals until it is requested to be rescheduled. In general, administrative closure may be appropriate to await an action or event that is relevant to immigration proceedings but is outside the control of the parties or the court, and may not occur for a significant or undetermined period of time. Matter of Avetisyan, 25 I&N Dec. 688 (BIA 2012).

Administrative closure is a procedural tool created for the convenience of the Immigration Courts and the Board. Matter of Gutierrez, 21 I&N Dec. 479, 480 (BIA 1996).

A person granted administrative closure is not given legal immigration status or an independent basis for finding a job in the U.S. but puts a stop to deportation. If you or a loved one is in danger of removal, speak right away with a New Jersey immigration lawyer from my firm to be protected.

Being born in Italy and later moving to the U.S. for schooling, I am intimately familiar with the immigration process and this experience gives me an edge over other immigration attorneys. I have been admitted to practice in multiple courts including district courts of New Jersey and New York and the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals. Thanks to my professionalism and commitment to client goals, I have also been rated as Excellent by Avvo which means you can trust me to work hard no matter what your needs are.

What is an administrative closure?

Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are tasked with assessing each removal case and determine if each case metis a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

ICE attorneys consider several factors to this end including:

  • Length of time the undocumented immigrant has lived in the U.S.
  • The age when they arrived in the country
  • Family ties to U.S. citizens
  • Any prior criminal or immigration history

As many as tens of thousands of cases are known to be eligible for administrative closure and thousands of offers are extended by ICE each year. As an experienced New Jersey immigration attorney, I can argue on your behalf that your case merits an offer of administrative closure.

Making the Right Choices for Your Case

I can sit with you and discuss your case to determine if you have a strong case for relief and should present your case to an immigration judge rather than pushing for administrative closure. If you do not meet the requirements for obtaining a green card, however, I can argue that you should be granted administrative closure for an immediate halt to removal proceedings.

Speak with me in person to go over your case—I am fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian!

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